I agree some parents take all the sports stuff too seriously. We always just taught the girls to work hard so they knew they'd given it their best shot. My daughter has always loved to practice. She can pitch for hours perfecting something.
UTA should have a good year. They got to conference last year but lost in the championship game because, mainly, my daughter was having some problems with her wrist (she had a ganglion removed this summer.) Also, it was her first year pitching at that level. She just couldn't hold UTSA, which had the #1 homerun hitting team in the nation.
The coach hadn't even really expected her to do anything but after a freshman year of sitting the bench, my daughter worked really hard all summer and came back like gangbusters. At a pre-season tournament in Hawaii last year, she beat Hawaii and Southern Miss and from then on she was the #2 pitcher, beating out two others.
She started out as a walk on too. She just wanted to go to UTA and have a chance to play and it all worked out.
The tournament trips were great but I had a joke about that. When people would say it was so wonderful we got to go all those places, I'd tell them all we ever got to see of the place was the ballpark! We did get to spend a lot of time together tho, which was the main thing.